Yahoo DFS Basketball: Saturday Picks

Mike Barner

The NBA follows up a busy Friday with nine more games Saturday, seven of which will make up the main evening slate on Yahoo. Several teams will be playing the second night of a back-to-back set, so be sure to keep your eye on the news for potential load management days. As things currently stand, here are some players to consider adding to your entry, as well as a few to avoid.


Ben Simmons, PHI vs. WAS ($39): It will be interesting to see what the Sixers do here with Joel Embiid. They will not only be playing for the second consecutive night, but this will be their third game over the last four days. This is also a vastly inferior foe in the Wizards, who have been completely decimated by injuries up front. If Embiid sits, the Sixers could lean even more on Simmons for production. Even if Embiid does play, Simmons is a great option with the Wizards playing at the second-fastest pace in the league.

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Tomas Satoransky, CHI at DET ($17): Satoransky is coming off of back-to-back performances with at least 34.4 Yahoo points. He logged at least 33 minutes in both contests, but playing time hasn't always been consistent for him with Kris Dunn and Coby White coming off the bench behind him. With that being said, this is still a great matchup for him with the Pistons allowing the fifth-most Yahoo points per game to opposing point guards. The last time these two teams faced off, he scored 33.3 Yahoo points across only 26 minutes.

Guard to Avoid

Elfrid Payton, NY vs. MIL ($19): It's difficult to trust any point guard on the Knicks when everyone is healthy, which they are right now. Payton has posted some impressive performances of late, but he's also scored 24.3 Yahoo points or fewer in four of his last six games. With so many other viable targets during a busy slate, taking a chance on Payton seems unnecessary.


Paul George, LAC at SA ($44): George torched the Rockets on Thursday, posting 34 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. With that juicy stat line, he's now scored at least 54.2 Yahoo points in four of his last seven games. His price tag is on the rise, but he's still a great option based on his incredibly high floor.

Donte DiVincenzo, MIL at NY ($15): With Eric Bledsoe (lower leg) sidelined, DiVincenzo now finds himself as the Bucks' starting point guard. He's played well in three games filling in for Bledsoe, scoring at least 35 Yahoo points two times. The Knicks have allowed the 10th-most Yahoo points per game to opposing point guards, so don't sleep on DiVincenzo at this cheap price.

Forward to Avoid

Marvin Bagley III, SAC at MEM ($24): Despite Bagley being healthy, the Kings for some reason continue to bring him off the bench. While he did play a little more Friday against the Pacers, he still only logged 27 minutes. Until he starts to see more playing time, he's going to be awfully risky. Since he's not that cheap, it might be best to keep him out of your entry.


Andre Drummond, DET vs. CHI ($47): This is a juicy matchup. The Bulls can't slow down opposing big men, resulting in them allowing the most Yahoo points per game to the position. The Pistons could also be shorthanded with Blake Griffin battling a knee injury. The first two times Drummond faced the Bulls this season, he scored 66.8 and 40.8 Yahoo points, respectively. While pricey, this is one of the nights where paying up for him could be well worth it.

Frank Kaminsky, PHO vs. HOU ($17): The key here will be the status of Deandre Ayton (ankle), who only lasted one game after returning from suspension before suffering an ankle injury. He wasn't able to play Friday and his status is still up in the air for this contest. Kaminsky is already hot right now having scored at least 31.5 Yahoo points in four of his last five games, so any added playing time here could leave him with another valuable stat line.

Center to Avoid

Brook Lopez, MIL at NY ($18): This game has blowout written all over it, which makes me worried about how much Lopez will play. He's already scored 22.2 Yahoo points or fewer in six of his last eight games, which doesn't make him a very appealing option. If Ayton sits again for the Suns, Kaminsky makes a lot more sense at a dollar cheaper.

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